Wednesday, July 12, 2006
70 vs 72 disciples
While reading through the Syriac Acts of Mar Mari the Apostle I noticed that it tends to fluctuate between the number 70 and 72 for the disciples of Jesus. The obvious explanation would be that this reflected varying textual traditions available to the author or editor. However, is it quite certain that a group of 72 would never, by abbreviation, be referred to as 'the 70'?